Trains to Salzburg

The city of Salzburg often tops the ‘must see’ list for visitors to Austria. Lovers of music and mountains, devotees of snow and schnitzel flock to Salzburg to explore a city that enjoys a superb setting in the shadow of the Alps and is just a stone’s throw from the border with Bavaria. There's a tremendous old centre (the Altstadt) full of fussy baroque ornamentation. The city plays up its connections with Mozart of course. The downside is the crowds; Salzburg can get very full, and critics of the city often argue that it has sold its soul to mass tourism. We still think it worth a visit, but it's a destination best reserved for the quieter months.

Salzburg is a natural hub for rail traffic, and thus offers excellent connections to the rest of Austria and further afield. And, after many chaotic years of renovation, the city's main station (called the Hauptbahnhof) now seems to be a pretty civilised place again. ÖBB (Austrian Railways) use their premium Railjet trains on daytime services to Zurich, Vienna and Budapest. New for 2019 is a daily direct train to Bratislava. There are direct EuroCity trains to the German cities of Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Cologne. Frequent trains run from Salzburg to Munich and Innsbruck, both less than two hours away. For night owls, there are direct overnight services from Salzburg to Zagreb, Ljubljana, Milan, Rome, Rijeka and Venice.

It is perfectly possible to reach Salzburg in a day from London, but it is a long day and you’ll need to make two or three changes of train along the way. Reckon on about 12 hours. You have a choice of routes, either via Brussels and Cologne or via Paris and Strasbourg.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.